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Hackers target retail industry as cyber attacks double in just one year

Hackers target retail industry as cyber attacks double in just one year

News   •   Aug 18, 2017 16:46 BST

The risk of a data breach is increasing in the retail industry as retailers accumulate more and more personal information on their customers as part of their ‘Big Data’ initiatives. As such, the number of retail businesses reporting data breaches to the Information Commissioner's Office has doubled in just one year, jumping from 19 in 2015/16 to 38 in 2016/17, says law firm, RPC.

Extreme weather events could affect two in three Europeans every year by 2100

Extreme weather events could affect two in three Europeans every year by 2100

News   •   Aug 17, 2017 13:55 BST

By 2100, two in three people living in Europe may be affected by weather-related disasters, according to a study published in The Lancet Planetary H​ealth which sheds light on the expected burden of climate change on societies across Europe.

Shortlist announced for the BCI Africa Awards

Shortlist announced for the BCI Africa Awards

News   •   Aug 17, 2017 10:00 BST

The Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce the shortlist for its Africa Awards, an annual celebration of the best, brightest and most innovative in the business continuity and resilience industry across the region. The awards are due to be presented at a ceremony at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Johannesburg on the 12th September.

Business Continuity Institute research to influence academic teaching at Cranfield University

Business Continuity Institute research to influence academic teaching at Cranfield University

News   •   Aug 16, 2017 09:13 BST

Such is the high calibre of the Business Continuity Institute’s research output, that its latest publication – the 2017 Cyber Resilience Report – is to be used as part of the teaching programme by Cranfield University, the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, and a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Shortlist announced for the BCI India Awards

Shortlist announced for the BCI India Awards

News   •   Aug 16, 2017 06:00 BST

​The Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce the shortlist for its ​India Awards, an annual celebration of the best, brightest and most innovative in the business continuity and resilience industry across the region. The awards are due to be presented at a ceremony at Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Bengaluru on the 8th September.

Malicious insiders considered the most damaging threat vector for organizations

Malicious insiders considered the most damaging threat vector for organizations

News   •   Aug 15, 2017 16:52 BST

The importance of managing internal threats to win at cyber security has been emphasised in a study by ​Haystax Technology and ​SANS which found that 40% of respondents to their survey rated malicious insiders (insiders who intentionally do harm) as the most damaging threat vector their companies faced.

PwC become a platinum sponsor of the BCI Netherlands and Belgium Conference

PwC become a platinum sponsor of the BCI Netherlands and Belgium Conference

News   •   Aug 15, 2017 09:15 BST

​The Business Continuity Institute is delighted that ​PwC, one of the largest professional services networks in the world, is to be a platinum sponsor of the BCI Netherlands and Belgium Conference at Miele Nederland B.V. in Vianen on the 12th September.

Shortlist announced for the BCI Australasian Awards

Shortlist announced for the BCI Australasian Awards

News   •   Aug 15, 2017 01:00 BST

The Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce the shortlist for its Australasian Awards, an annual celebration of the best, brightest and most innovative in the business continuity and resilience industry across the region. The awards are due to be presented at a ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on the 31st August.

Confidence in disaster recovery plans falls for second consecutive year

Confidence in disaster recovery plans falls for second consecutive year

News   •   Aug 14, 2017 16:41 BST

Organizations are now less confident in their ability to recover from an incident, according to a new study conducted by Databarracks, which suggests that contributing factors include a lack of testing, budgetary constraints and the growing cyber threat landscape.

Employees pose the greatest GDPR compliance risk

Employees pose the greatest GDPR compliance risk

News   •   Aug 14, 2017 09:21 BST

6 in 10 organizations view their employees as the biggest threat to successful GDPR adherence and 4 in 10 believe that their current IT systems could also pose compliance risks, according to a GDPR awareness survey conducted by bluesource.

Climate change shifts timing of European floods

Climate change shifts timing of European floods

News   •   Aug 11, 2017 14:26 BST

When a major flood event occurs it is often attributed to climate change, however, a single event is not proof, and so far it has been unclear whether climate change has a direct influence on large scale river flooding across Europe. A study conducted by TU Wien along with 30 European partners has now shown that the timing of the floods has shifted across much of Europe.

Ransomware attacks caused a fifth of infected SMEs to cease business operations immediately

Ransomware attacks caused a fifth of infected SMEs to cease business operations immediately

News   •   Aug 10, 2017 09:00 BST

More than one-third of businesses have experienced a ransomware attack in the last year, and more than one in five (22%) of these impacted businesses had to cease operations immediately, according to a study by Malwarebytes.

Sungard Availability Services become a platinum sponsor of the BCI World Conference and Exhibition

Sungard Availability Services become a platinum sponsor of the BCI World Conference and Exhibition

News   •   Aug 09, 2017 14:00 BST

​The Business Continuity Institute is delighted that ​Sungard Av​ailability Services, one the of the world's leading providers of managed IT services, information availability consulting services, business continuity management software and disaster recovery services, is to be a platinum sponsor of the BCI World Conference and Exhibition at the Novotel London West Hotel in November.

Nearly three-quarters of SMEs are not prepared for cyber security risks

Nearly three-quarters of SMEs are not prepared for cyber security risks

News   •   Aug 09, 2017 09:00 BST

Nearly all (96%) of small to medium-sized enterprises (100 to 499 employees) in the US, UK, and Australia believe their organizations will be susceptible to external cyber security threats in 2017, according to a study by Webroot. Yet, although businesses recognise the growing threats, 71% still admit not being ready to address them.

Ransomware attacks steal headlines, but accidental data breaches remain a major cause of loss

Ransomware attacks steal headlines, but accidental data breaches remain a major cause of loss

News   •   Aug 08, 2017 09:00 BST

Ransomware attacks continued their rise in the first half of 2017, up by 50% over the first half of 2016. Hacking and malware attacks (of which ransomware attacks form a growing part), continue to be the leading cause of breaches, accounting for 32% in a study conducted by Beazley.

Nearly a million UK SMEs suffered a cyber security breach in the last year

Nearly a million UK SMEs suffered a cyber security breach in the last year

News   •   Aug 07, 2017 14:00 BST

Almost one in six (16%) SMEs have fallen victim to a cyber attack in the last 12 months, equating to more than 875,000 nationwide, according to the findings of a study conducted by Zurich. Businesses in London are the worst affected with almost a quarter (23%) reporting that they have suffered a breach within this period.

Nearly a quarter of emails already passed through security systems are still unsafe

Nearly a quarter of emails already passed through security systems are still unsafe

News   •   Aug 04, 2017 09:00 BST

There is a continued challenge in securing our organizations from malicious attachments, dangerous file types, impersonation attacks, as well as spam, with nearly a quarter emails being delivered to users’ inboxes still being deemed 'unsafe'. This is according to a report published by Mimecast which indicates the need for organizations to enhance their cyber resilience strategies.

Staffing woes hamper incident response teams

Staffing woes hamper incident response teams

News   •   Aug 03, 2017 09:00 BST

40% of organizations say they are not able to measure incident response, and even Verizon was notably slow in responding to a potential data breach last month, according to a new study by Demisto.

UK lags behind other countries in collaborative working adoption

UK lags behind other countries in collaborative working adoption

News   •   Aug 02, 2017 14:00 BST

​The UK lags behind many other major economies in the adoption of collaborative working technology, which could impact business productivity, according to a global study conducted by Polycom. Collaborative technologies include video and teleconferencing, instant messaging and file sharing tools.

UK small businesses face uncertain funding future

UK small businesses face uncertain funding future

News   •   Aug 02, 2017 09:00 BST

More than a third (35%) of SMEs in the UK are increasingly concerned about their ability to gain funding in the run up to Brexit, a study by Hiscox has revealed. Recent economic and political uncertainty has adversely affected business confidence, and caused concern for the future as the UK’s withdrawal from the EU becomes nearer.